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Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho (both Nigeria), Daniel Amartey (Ghana) and Papy Mendy (Senegal) are all likely to be called up for the tournament, which begins in January, and will miss a handful of City matches as a result.

This follows the receipt of the Technical Report from the Head Coach of the Senior National Team and the report from the Black Stars Management Committee following Ghana’s Group G World Cup qualifying matches against Ethiopia and South Africa.

The Female Eagles will compete in the six-nation tournament organised in honour of the country’s First Lady, Dr (Mrs) Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, with its theme Playing for Good. The nine-day competition will see the Malians slug it out with hosts and reigning African champions Nigeria and Morocco in Group A, with matches scheduled for Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan.

With 1487.16 points, the Nigerian side are ranked 32rd in the world and third best team in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia who are placed first and second on the continent.

Describing the victory of the national team as a reassurance of the readiness of the players to come out victorious in the 2021 AFCON, Kalu hailed the players for their commitment and determination in making Nigeria proud.

COVID-19 tests conducted on every player and official of the team returned negative on Thursday evening, further lifting the spirit of the three-time African champions ahead of the Day 3 of the 2021 AFCON qualification series

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner has entered the final nine months of his contract with the Blues, whom he joined from Wigan Athletic in August 2012, and is not in the plans of manager Frank Lampard for the 2020-21 season.